Mar 172018

On This Day



1958 – Christian Clemenson

Christian Dayton Clemenson is an American film and television actor. He is well known for his portrayal of Jerry “Hands” Espenson in the television series Boston Legal, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards and winning the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Age 60

1962 – Clare Grogan

Claire Patricia Grogan, known professionally as Clare Grogan or sometimes as C. P. Grogan, is a Scottish actress and singer. She is best known as the lead singer of the 1980s new wave music group Altered Images and for supporting roles in the 1981 film Gregory’s Girl and the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf as the first incarnation of Kristine Kochanski.

Age 56

1979 – Andy Griffin

Andrew Griffin is an English former footballer. He began his career at Stoke City, where he established a reputation as a solid wing-back defender. His impressive performances for Stoke led to him being signed by Newcastle United for a fee of £1.5million in January 1998. He spent six years on Tyneside before moving south to Portsmouth in 2004. He was unable to establish himself as first choice right back at Portsmouth and re-joined his old club Stoke on loan for the 2006–07 season.

Griffin played 48 times for Portsmouth between 2004 – 2006

Age 39

1986 – Olesya Rulin


Olesya Yurivna Rulin is a Russian-American actress. She is known for co-starring in all of the three films of the High School Musical franchise as Kelsi Nielsen. She also starred in the films Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008), Flying By (2009), Expecting Mary (2010), and Family Weekend (2013).

Age 32

1992 – Eliza Bennett


Eliza Hope Bennett is an English actress and singer. Her most notable roles have been those of Meggie Folchart in the film Inkheart, Tora in the film Nanny McPhee, Susan in From Time to Time and playing Holly Manson in the West End musical Loserville. Bennett starred on the MTV black comedy series Sweet/Vicious as Jules Thomas.

Age 26

On This Day   .   Olesya Rulin

Mar 102018

On This Day



1956 – Robert Llewellyn

Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, comedian and writer best known as the mechanoid Kryten in the hit TV sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf and as a presenter of the TV engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge. Llewellyn is a leading authority and recognisable figure worldwide for his knowledge and opinion on emerging transport and the future of energy within the renewable sector through his YouTube series Fully Charged.

Age 62

1968 – Pavel Srnicek

Pavel Srníček was a Czech professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1990 to 2007, mainly for Newcastle United. In addition, he represented Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United in England, and also played in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza, in Portugal for Beira-Mar, and in his native country for Banik Ostrava. After retiring, he worked as a goalkeeping coach for his own private school and for Sparta Prague.

Srnicek played 4 times for Portsmouth between 2003 – 2004

Died: 29 December 2015

Aged 47

1979 – Danny Pudi

Daniel Mark Pudi is an American actor and comedian, who is best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community.

Age 39

On This Day   .   Pavel Srnicek Obituary

Oct 312017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history




1946 – Norman Lovett

Norman Lovett is an English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf during the first, second, seventh (as a guest star) and eighth series. His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism, and in 2000 he made a successful stand up tour, co-headlining with Chris Barrie, who played Rimmer in Red Dwarf. Lovett was born in Windsor, Berkshire.

Age 71

1950 – John Candy

John Franklin Candy (Died: March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck, as well as more dramatic roles in Only the Lonely and JFK. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious, on-the-move shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

While filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a heart attack in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, 1994, aged 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.

Died Aged 43

1975 – Julia Lee

Julia Lee Stander is an American actress. Her roles include Anne Steele in Angel (2001–2004) and the title character in the cult comedy film Ophelia Learns to Swim (2001). She has also appeared in Charmed.

In 2006, Disneyland refurbished its Haunted Mansion attraction. For this project, Lee became the body of the character, Constance Hatchaway (voice by Kat Cressida). In 2007, Lee and Cressida’s version of Constance was also installed in Walt Disney World’s Mansion.

Age 42

1979 – Erica Cerra

Erica Cerra is a Canadian actress, best known for her portrayal of Deputy Jo Lupo on the Syfy series Eureka, and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. and her creator Becca on The 100.

Age 38

1979 – Ricardo Fuller

Ricardo Dwayne Fuller is a retired Jamaican professional footballer who played as a striker.

Fuller started his football career with Jamaican side Tivoli Gardens, before he moved to England with Crystal Palace in February 2001. He returned to Jamaica and then went on loan to Hearts, before joining Preston North End. He scored 27 goals in 58 League game at Preston, which prompted Portsmouth to pay £1million for his services. Fuller failed to make an impact at Portsmouth and joined rivals Southampton in 2005 before Stoke City signed him for £500,000 in August 2006.

Fuller played 37 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2004 – 2005

Age 38

1980 – Eddie Kaye Thomas

Eddie Kaye Thomas is an actor who rose to prominence as Paul Finch in the American Pie film series. He is also known for his roles as Andy Rosenberg in the Harold & Kumar series and as Jeff Woodcock in ‘Til Death. He is currently starring in the CBS show Scorpion as Dr. Tobias “Toby” Curtis.

Age 37

1980 – Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Rhys Armstrong is an American actress, fashion designer and model. She is known for her roles in Stay Alive, The O.C., It’s a Boy Girl Thing, and as Juliet Darling in the ABC television series, Dirty Sexy Money. She has most recently appeared on television as Elaine Richards in the ABC fantasy-drama Resurrection. She has also appeared in music videos for “Penny & Me” by Hanson and “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter.

Age 37

1992 – Vanessa Marano


Vanessa Nicole Marano is an American actress. She has starred in television movies and had recurring roles in such series as Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Scoundrels, Grey’s Anatomy and The Young and the Restless. From 2011-2017, she starred as Bay Kennish on the Freeform television series Switched at Birth.

Age 25

1995 – Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Tareiq Marcus Holmes-Dennis is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Portsmouth on loan from Premier League club Huddersfield Town.

Age 22

On This Day   .   Samaire Armstrong   .   Vanessa Marano

Sep 162017

Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history




1955 – Janet Ellis

Janet Michell Ellis MBE is an English television presenter, actress and writer, who is best known for presenting the BBC children’s television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987. In 2016, she published her first novel, The Butcher’s Hook. She is the mother of the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the drummer (and former child actor) Jackson Ellis-Leach and the art historian Martha Ellis-Leach.

Age 62

1960 – Danny John-Jules

Daniel “Danny” John-Jules is a British actor, singer and dancer. His most successful roles have been Cat in the sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf and policeman Dwayne Myers in the crime drama Death in Paradise. He was also a protagonist in the hit CBBC children’s spy drama M.I. High, in which he portrayed Lenny Bicknall, the caretaker.

Age 57

1976 – Tina Barrett

Tina Ann Barrett is a London-based dancer, singer-songwriter and actress. Her major breakthrough came in 1999 when she became a member of the pop group, S Club 7, where she enjoyed five years of hit singles, arena tours and awards.

Age 41

1981 – Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.

Fan rose to fame in East Asia in 1998–1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Award. Since then, she has starred in many films, most notably Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012) and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), where she received awards from prestigious award ceremonies such as the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival and Asian Film Awards. Fan has also participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch (2011), the Korean film My Way (2011) and the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Age 36

1984 – Katie Melua

Ketevan “Katie” Melua is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. Melua is signed to the small Dramatico record label, under the management of composer Mike Batt, and made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist.

Age 33

1985 – Madeline Zima


Madeline Zima is an American actress. She is known for portraying Grace Sheffield on the CBS sitcom The Nanny (1993–1999), Mia Lewis on the Showtime comedy drama series Californication (2007–2011), and Gretchen Berg on the NBC series Heroes (2009–2010).

Age 32

1995 – Victory Van Tuyl


Victory Van Tuyl is an American Actress, best known for her role as Teri Forman on the Nickelodeon series Marvin Marvin. She recently starred in a lead role in the independent film, BeDeviled, which had a theatrical release of August 11, 2017.

Age 22

2002 – Holly Barrett

Best known to American television viewers as Samantha from CBS’ Life in Pieces, she has been a guest star on the show Hetty Feather and was featured in a supporting role for the indie film Twisted Minds.

Age 15

On This Day   .   Madeline Zima   .   Victory Van Tuyl